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Money, Money, Money: The 3 Biggest Transfers of all Time

September 01, 2015

- Grant Whittington

While some records have stood the test of time in the sport of football, others have been made and broken repeatedly in the last decade. Take the global transfer record, for example, which Real Madrid alone have broken twice in the last six years.

While some records have stood the test of time in the sport of football, others have been made and broken repeatedly in the last decade. Take the global transfer record, for example, which Real Madrid alone have broken twice in the last six years. Madrid have also executed three of the four largest transfers in history, with the purchase of Colombian star James Rodriguez for £63 million after the 2014 World Cup the clubs most recent big money purchase.

The 3 Biggest Global Transfers of all Time

So, let’s take a look at the three biggest global transfers of all time, all of which have been completed within the last six years…

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013 for £86 million)

Given the criticism that has been aimed at Gareth Bale this season, the Halcyon days of his world record, £86 million transfer from Tottenham seem a long time ago. The move followed a season of inspired form in the English capital, while his debut season on Madrid ended with the La Decima and a series of telling, individual goals that won the hearts of the Madrid faithful. Poor form and a suggested lack of work-rate have hindered his second season, however, while a host of bookmakers are predicting that Bale may move back the Premier League in the summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 for £80 million)

Bale’s transfer exceeded the value of Cristiano Ronaldo’s move by £6 million, which was completed four years previously in 2009. While both players were signed after magnificent spells in the EPL (Ronaldo’s with Manchester United), the Portuguese has been a model of consistency during his time in Madrid while he has scored an astonishing 294 goals in just 286 appearances in all competitions. As contrary as it may sound, the 30 year old, 2014 Ballon d’Or winner has provided full value for the £80 million that was paid for his services.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014 for £75 million)

When you consider both negative and positive adjectives, there are very few that haven’t been used to describe Luis Suarez during his career. While his incredible work-rate, skill and intensity have established him as an elite, top-flight footballer, for example, he has also served a cumulative bans of more than 30 games for three separate incidents of biting. Throw in accusations of cheating and racism, and it easy to see why some eyebrows were raised when Barcelona paid £75 million to by Suarez from Liverpool last summer. Now fully settled and dove-tailing beautifully with fellow stars Neymar and Lionel Messi, however, Suarez looks every inch the global superstar.

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